Weeks hits grand slam, A's prevail
Led by pitchers Alex McClelland, Keagan Systo, and Thomas Bell, the Athletics no-hit the second place Pirates. The A's did have to contend with several baserunners who were aboard via walks and hit by pitches, but they played error-free defense to hold off the Bucs. Brandon Weeks provided the offensive power with a grand slam in the fifth inning to pad the lead. The home run was his third on the season. Charlie Clark and Systo each had two hits and Clark scored twice. Bell, McClelland, Lucas Lamorder, and Zach Corbeil each added hits.
The Pirates got a strong start from Sam Bogart on the mound. He struck out six over three innings and held the A's scoreless until the third. Aliza Speno (SS) and Sam Madow (3B) provided solid defense. Damien Fontaine relieved for the Pirates and struck out four while showing strong command of the strike zone.
Reds 14, Royals 4
The Reds got a strong start from Jett Emery, who scattered three hits over four innings to earn the win. At the plate, Emery had two hits and scored three times. Jackson Emery hit his first Little League home run — a two run shot in the third inning — and also doubled. Willem Thurber hit a two-run double and scored twice. First-year player Nick Fortier had two hard hit balls that went for a single and a double. He also scored two runs and continued to show strong skills behind the plate. Sam Tainter legged out a long triple and stole a base. Nolan Chisholm and Will Fontaine added base hits.
The Royals were led by Sean Cozza, who continued an impressive rookie campaign with two hits from the top of the order. Jahvonn Petrie scored a run and had an RBI. Gordie Kalill had a base hit and Noah Gagne scored a run for the Royals. Daniel Mahoney-Schmitt had a nice running catch in left field and Nick Manley capped off his rookie year with strong play at the hot corner.
Giants 19, Red Sox 5
Hayden Avard struck out nine Red Sox batters and Degan Gundry hit his fifth home run of the season for the G-men. Avard had two hits, including an RBI triple, and scored twice. Gundry's homer was part of a 2-for-4 day in which he scored three runs. Rowan Lonergan threw a scoreless fourth inning, scored twice, and hit a long triple. Tucker Sargent had two hits and scored three times. Mark Richards, Kymarion Hall, Donnevhan Hall, and Quin Forchion all had base hits in the rout.
The Red Sox got hits from Henry Schwartz and Vaughn LaFleur. Will Hill scored twice and stole two bases. Harper Cutler scored a run and stole a base. Hill (SS) and Ben Berg (CF) each made fine defensive plays.
Mets 12, Cardinals 6
The Mets finished the 2018 season with their seventh win, which is five more than last year's total.
The Mets used four pitchers to get past the Cardinals — Landyn Cartee, Gabe Alexander, Matt Satterfield, and John Satterfield. The cadre of pitchers combined to strike out 10 batters. Hits were hard to come by for the Mets, but they had four players who took advantage of walks and errors to score multiple runs. Alexander went 1-for-2 with three runs scored. Will Miskovich, Evan Wright, and Nate Potter each scored twice.
The Cardinals got a double from Jolie Glidden who scored three runs. Mason North scored two runs. Connor Griffus and Asher Jackson each had base hits. Jackson also came in from the bullpen to stifle the Mets. He gave up one run across 3 2/3 innings while striking out four.
Red Sox 19, Royals 6
On Friday, Ben Berg pitched into the sixth inning and struck out eight Royals. The Sox' offense exploded in this one with Berg and Will Hill each scoring four runs. Berg had two hits and two steals while Hill had a monster day at the plate by going 3-for-5 with three RBI. Hill also excelled at shortstop. Lain Cudworth got a career-high three hits and he scored a run. Harper Cutler hit an RBI triple, scored three times, and stole two bases. Wyatt Sargent, Henry Schwartz, Noah Perusse, and Varek Tuma all had base hits. Landon Manning lined a 2-run single in the sixth inning to cap the scoring.
Royals shortstop Ozzie VanHendrick had two extra-base hits — a first inning double and a fifth-inning triple. He scored three of the Royals' six runs. Jahvonn Petrie hit a long RBI double and later added a single. Daniel Mahoney-Schmitt had a base hit in the third. On defense, the Royals got fine plays from left fielder Nick Manley, VanHendrick, and catcher Ryder Leary, who made his first start behind the dish.
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